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Dom Capers\' Magic Front

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Dom Capers\' Magic Front

Any regular reader of this site has no doubt already read Greg Bedard's excellent overview of the 3-4 defense and the Packers' first foray into it. Greg does a great job of setting up each position and comparing what they were asked to do in Sanders' old scheme vs. what they will be asked to do in Capers'. It's a thorough piece.

But it's missing a bit of magic. Specifically, Dom Capers' Magic Front.

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Yes, this is from the same Capers' playbook I have referenced before, and yes, I am sure things have changed a tad in the ol' Capers' Magician's Kit since 1997. But I love the idea of Cullen Jenkins (who I think is getting the real raw deal in this switch to the 3-4, much more so than Kampman) sliding inside to an ILB position. The playbook goes on for several pages after this, detailing all sorts of different pressure packages, with names like 'Magic Gun', 'Magic Sword' and, my personal favorite, 'Magic Nuclear Shitstorm' (Alright, I might have made that one up, but you get the idea.)

I only point this out to highlight what I am sure will be much more creative thinking on the defensive side of the ball. I mean, Bob Sanders most certainly did not have a Magic Front, though I'm pretty sure one of his blitzes was called the 'Failed Gandalf'.  ;)

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Keith's picture

I sense a bromance developing between Aaron and Dom.

packeraaron's picture

'Developing'? I was calling for Capers when McCarthy was interviewing Nolan. Capers is the man. :)

Franklin Hillside's picture

"Failed Gandalf" LMAO!

The Failed Gandalf called for AJ Hawk to run up to an offensive lineman and jump in the air awkwardly while making no actual advancement toward the QB past the line of scrimmage. In this sense, it worked like a charm.

bomdad's picture

Cullen is the next Richard Seymour

IPBprez's picture

Cullen Jenkins = Richard Seymour [OUCH]
What's next? Tricky Dick?
Please, let's not trash J.R.R. Tolkein, can we? It's obviously a fan fav since the books were first written in 1943. I have the 2nd printing from 1966 - damn fine shape, thank you veddy much.
Failed Gandalf ... comes out like a brain-fart, der ol man. I would have went with the Merlin stuff.

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